Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Wrapping Paper Bows

Have you ever had a strip of wrapping paper leftover after you've wrapped a gift? Don't toss it in the trash! Turn that scrap into a beautiful EASY bow in just a minute or two.
This technique is very inexact. Start by folding the scrap of paper "hamburger" style with the printed side on the outside. (My daughter came home from Kindergarten years ago and told me about "hamburger" folding and "hot dog" folding. "Hamburger" means width-wise and "hot dog" means lengthwise.)
Fold it again, but this time "hot dog" style. Cut through the newly folded edge (on the right side in this case.) If your paper is still too wide, fold it again (also "hot dog" style) cutting through all the vertical folds. You should only have a fold at the top (which is your original "hamburger" fold.)
Next, cut vertically up to (NOT THROUGH) the top folded edge. I cut up to about 1/2 inch from the folded edge. Again, this does not have to be perfect. Guesstimate.
The finished bow depends entirely on the width of your cuts and the length of your scrap of paper. I can never make the same bow twice. Experiment. Don't worry about cutting straight lines. You want a messy look.
CAREFULLY curl the wrapping paper (like you would curling ribbon) by quickly pulling a strip between the blade of your scissors and your thumb. Turn the bow over as needed to make sure the back side of your paper is always inside the curl.
Don't worry if you accidentally cut off several pieces. I do it all the time and it doesn't make a bit of difference in the finished product. (See the strips laying on the table?)
At this point the bow will look something like this:
Fold it in half one more time and give it a little shake.
Tape it onto your gift and arrange the curls as needed.
Here are a few others:
This is my kind of crafting--quick, easy, and inexpensive.


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69 comments:

Grumpy Grateful Mom said...

Super cute idea! I have attempted making strips of wrapping paper and curling them, but your method is far superior. Thanks!

Dixie Mom said...

Very cool! Next Christmas when I'm wrapping presents I'm going to do this. I always end up with those small pieces of wrapping paper that can't fit around packages and that would be perfect for this! Thanks for sharing!

Marvett Smith said...

That is awesome! I am definitely going to remember this. Great pics too!

Lacy said...

JULIE!!!!!!!!!! This is amazing! :) Thank you for sharing, I can't wait to try it!

Shannon said...

LOVE this! I never would have thought of it, but it's perfect. Thanks!

music notes said...

You are an awesome person! I love the bows. very pretty!

Ginger said...

I love these! I didn't know about hot dog and hamburger folding. lol... I learned something new today. :) I've made wrapping paper bows as well, but a little different. I love this idea because they are super cute and easier to make than the ones I have made. Thanks for sharing this!

Rachel said...

I believe I was the one who told you about the food-style folding methods, thankyouverymuch. :)

And since I anticipate several birthdays in the near future, I am going to have to use this marvelous technique.

Life is good! said...

i love love love the tutorial. thank you! oh and i love the green wrapping paper. these bows will be on my gifts from now on.

Betty said...

These bows work especially well if you use double sided wrapping paper.

Cherie said...

Can I just say today that JULIE IS BRILLIANT! You are this is awesome! I am printing this out - it is going to save me in the future, I already know it.

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

What a fab idea! Thanks for linking up!

Ailinh said...

Genius idea! I love these recycled paper crafts. They are very cute and you can't even tell that you made em by hand. They look store bought!

thrasherswife said...

My mom's been making these for years. For some reason I just can't get the hang of them. You crafty people make me envious!!!

Saimi said...

Genius!! I'll never through scrap wrapping paper away again!! What an awesome way to reuse and it looks great!

Love it, simply love it!!

Jamara @ My NW Nest said...

Absolutely brilliant!! I love it!

about said...

Great idea! I love wrapping gifts, you get to be so creative with it. I've made bows from paper before, but they didn't look this good.

Nicole @ The Wonderful World of Wohler said...

What a great idea! I had no idea that you could do that with wrapping paper! Thanks for sharing, visiting from Tip Junkie.

Sue said...

Quick, easy, inexpensive, and it LOOKS great, too!

=)

Kristin said...

Darling bows, so colorful and clever! (and cheap:)

. . . and about the cinnamon rolls, it makes about 2 dozen, I use both one jelly roll / dripper style pan (cause I only have one) and also a large glass 16x10 approx pan. One trick is to imagine the rolls about doubled in bulk and space them accordingly, I would rather have them TOO close together than too far apart. They are more moist that way.

Kristin

trooppetrie said...

I will never buy another bow, this is adorable

The Little Red Shop said...

Awesome, thank you for the reminder. I think we used to make these when I was little. I'm a recycler and gift wrapping is a special part of what I do, so this is such a fun idea to use for all of my little odds and ends of paper I keep shuffling around my shop.

: )

Julie M.

Hollie - TheSevenYearCottage.com said...

What a clever way to use up those leftover scraps of paper!

Marla Grace said...

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing Julie!

Suzanne said...

Love the tutorial on this one! So cute and practical!

Dean and Sheri said...

Oh, Julie! Thanks so much for sharing this. I LOVE THEM. They are so pretty AND the price can't be beat! I always cringe when I purchase a bow that costs $1 and sometimes MORE! And even though I consider myself 'craft challenged', I think I CAN do this!

Karey said...

This is such a cute idea. I love it. I usually skip the bows because I never have anything that matches. Problem solved! Thanks.

Christie said...

La la la LOVE this! So much cuter than the crap they sell at the store! Thanks for linking up!

Cares and Mimi said...

It always seems I have enough wrapping paper but never enough ribbon when wrapping gifts. This idea is genius - thanks so much for sharing!

Donna said...

Totally cool!!! I'm going to print this out and keep it in my wrapping paper drawer! Love it, and Thanks!

Suzanne said...

So awesome! This is amazing stuff. So simple, so easy, so cheap, and GORGEOUS. Thank you!

crystal said...

You have just changed my life. Seriously.

Julianna said...

LOVE THIS!

Chiara said...

Ever since I saw one of these on a present at my son's birthday, I've been dying for a tutorial on this! Thank you!
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NatureGirl said...

That is the BEST Julie...thanks for the tip..Cheapskates unite!

Sara said...

I LOVE this!!! I seem to spend a small fortune on wrapping paper, andwill definitely try this. Thanks! (Stopping by from CBC)

Caroline said...

I did not know that you could curl wrapping paper! Awesome!

Samara Link said...

This is such a cute idea, Julie! I love it. Thank you for the step-by-step explanation and inspiration.

Maria Consilia (Caprimoments) said...

it is perfect for Christmas gift!!!!!! greetings from Xapri island (Italy)

christenheartspinterest said...

This is an amazing tutorial! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so very much for posting this idea. Because you did, there are so many happy children. I work in a community school and we had a Christmas store for the kids to shop for gifts for there families. Everyone got to chose 2 gifts and I used this inexpensive idea to make the wrapping so beautiful for the children. Thank you so much for sharing. God bless you as you are blessing sooo many!!

Anonymous said...

My family has been making these bows for generations! They are tradition in our house and super cute and efficient. You can really change to look of these bows by varying the thickness and length of the paper strips. I also slightly vary the tightness of the curls which gives it different looks. I've never seen anyone else ever make these. Thank you for sharing!!

Peabea said...

How great is that...I couldn't find my ribbon this year and I always make my own bows, but I'm liking your idea and now I won't have to go purchase ribbon as I have oodles of paper left. Thanks.
~smiles 'n giggles~

Peabea

Curmudgea said...

Thank you for that great idea! Having somehow lost a huge stash of wire Christmas ribbon that I'd bought on sale, I can't bring myself to buy more. Your idea is a godsend, and I love the way my gifts look this year. I always thought curling ribbon was treated specially -- didn't know gift paper could be curled. And, no more scraps to put away for next year.

Erin said...

Thank you for taking the time to post this.

Patti said...

I saw this on Pinterest and repinned. What a wonderful idea. Like you said, "My kind of Crafting!" thanks so much

RachelAllison said...

That's brilliant!! :) Thank you for sharing, Julie! I'm always looking for new and creative ways to wrap and decorate presents.

~Stephanie Wafer said...

Thanks, Julie. I actually tried this and they turned out pretty cute. Not as cute as yours, but cute nonetheless :) Hope you had a blessed Christmas!

Anonymous said...

Tried it for the first time this morning and it worked PERFECT! Thanks so much!

cheryl @ nefotlak. said...

I LOVE this. never thought of it - and super grateful for the tutorial.
have been reading along in your blog. such a lovely family.
look forward to following along.
cheryl xox.

Judy Kellly said...

Great idea!

Salma Ashiq said...

How looks so pretty gifts and crafts in here , Its looks so impressive Especially the Red one pack looking so marvelous.....
buy and sell

Jayndee said...

This is an amazing tutorial!! Thank you for taking the time to post this.

Jayndee said...

Great!! I love it!!
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Jennifer said...

I HATE to throw away all those pieces of paper - so this is a great idea! ~ Especially because the wrapping paper I've been using from Costco has coordinating sides double sides....I can see this used to coordinate wrapping paper and party decorations - adding curled ribbons to balloons, banners, etc.

Akata, Walter & Rachael Aitu said...

Thank you so much for posting!! :) We are getting ready to go to a little boy's birthday and thought I had white ribbon but only had pink LOL You totally saved me with this idea!! :) Thank You!!

Peabea said...

I did this last year and loved it. Sharing your site again on my FB. My packages looked beautiful with this idea, and really better than a ribbon. Thanks again for sharing.

Katherine Traylor said...

Thank you! This was perfect.

Kaitlin K said...

Thanks for such a great tutorial! Love how resourceful this is (I just posted a gift wrap post,and used your design)!

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Gexton said...

Great Idea i love it thankyou guys for this i try it

Gexton

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Suzanne said...

Ingenious. I love inexact projects that look so amazing!

Aarti Avsare said...

supercute

Katie said...

Found this on Pinterest, of course. It's wonderful. I am adding these bows to gifts I'm wrapping today, and I can;'t believe how fast and easy and cute they are! No more expensive bows from the store for me!

Aviva said...

Awesome! Thanks so much for making the tutorial so simple to follow with those awesome photos!

OfficeTales said...

This is AWESOME. I hate a package without a gift, but I am in my office, with the holiday party in an hour and NO BOW, just wrapping paper. This saved the day! And it may be how I handle Christmas, because I love the look.

�� needed a bow! said...

Stumbled across this awesome idea. Had no bows and now I will never purchase any again!!

�� needed a bow! said...

Stumbled across this awesome idea. Had no bows and now I will never purchase any again!!

Joann Ferrer said...

Very cute, creative and easy! ♥ It.

Lynn Snyder said...

This one of the best ideas I have found on Pinterest.